WikiLeaks: US sees Nawaz as 'workable option'

Published: December 2, 2010

Leaked documents reveal US showed willingness to work with Nawaz if he won the elections. PHOTO: EPA

A secret US embassy cable part of WikiLeaks “classified by Anne Patterson” reveals that the US said it was willing to work with Nawaz Sharif if he won the elections, but that Zardari was its “best ally in Pakistan right now.”

The cable said that US interests are best served by preventing another cycle of military rule and that:

“Militants will exploit either weak civilian government or a return to military rule that lacks popular legitimacy, so we should help the Zardari/Gilani government complete its full five-year term in office.”

The cable also said that US Vice President Joe Biden had noted that Pakistan’s ties with the US had been transactional in nature and were based on “mutual mistrust”. The cable quoted on The Guardian read:

“Pakistan hedges its bets on cooperation because it fears the US will again desert Islamabad after we get Osama Bin Laden; Washington sees this hesitancy as duplicity that requires we take unilateral action to protect US interests.

After 9/11, then President Musharraf made a strategic shift to abandon the Taliban and support the US in the war on terror, but neither side believes the other has lived up to expectations flowing from that decision.┬áThe relationship is one of co-dependency we grudgingly admit – Pakistan knows the US cannot afford to walk away; the US knows Pakistan cannot survive without our support.”

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Amna
    Dec 2, 2010 - 8:19PM

    Nawaz is just plain workable. Will work with anyone for power.Recommend

  • misk
    Dec 3, 2010 - 8:45AM

    Amna: If You think Nawaz Sharif will do anything for power you should remember that it was he who handed back to the govt all his party’s federal ministries on the judges issue. If he was power hungry would he ever do that?Recommend

  • No BS
    Dec 3, 2010 - 6:47PM

    They will have to get permission from the Saudis firstRecommend

  • annon
    Dec 13, 2010 - 3:24PM

    Did anyone actually read the Wikileak article independantly as opposed to what is reported in this paper.?

    Most NRP’s (non returning Pakistan’s) have nothing but the most “numbing apathy” for the state of political affair’s in Pakistan and the “rabid hate culture” which majority of the Pakistani’s failed to act against by selecting ” the same old same old politicians who treat the country as their jageerdari”!Recommend

  • Syed Kashif Rizvi
    Jan 18, 2011 - 4:17AM

    NO nawaz NO zardari we want some educated person who can give some solutions for poverty in Pakistan, take money from rich ppl in shape of tax n remove the corruption from higher level…
    we need some honest person…Recommend

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